Cygnus Glitch Scotches Hookup With Space Station
Orbital Sciences' capsule rejects data, causes delay
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2013 6:34 AM CDT
Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket lifts off at the NASA Wallops Island test flight facility in Virginia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

(Newser) – The private spacecraft hauling some 1,300 pounds of food and clothes to the International Space Station will have to wait at least another couple of days to make its delivery, after a technical glitch this morning foiled the meet-up between the two spacecraft. Virginia-based Orbital Sciences says its Cygnus capsule established contact with the ISS this morning, but that the former rejected data, putting the kibosh on the planned docking. Orbital Sciences says it's working on a software repair, reports the AP, but it'll be at least two days before it tries again. It's got time: Cygnus, which is on its maiden voyage, has the means to keep orbiting for months. Cygnus launched Wednesday; click for more.

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Sep 25, 2013 10:08 PM CDT
Scotches? They used tape?
Sep 22, 2013 4:34 PM CDT
What does the ISS actually do besides waste tax payer money? I have forgotten.
Sep 22, 2013 1:53 PM CDT
Growing pains. Much better to take the time and get the docking right, there's no rush.